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Scioto County fire ruled arson; investigators seeking information

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A vacant house fire at 3734 Rhodes Avenue in New Boston has been ruled arson. (Ohio Fire Marshal's Office photo)
Ohio Fire Marshal's Office, Press Release

A fire in New Boston (Scioto County) has been ruled arson by the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau. Investigators are seeking tips from the public to help identify those responsible.

On Nov. 2 at 11:29 p.m., the New Boston and Portsmouth Fire Departments responded to a vacant house fire at 3734 Rhodes Avenue in New Boston. The subsequent investigation with State Fire Marshal investigators determined the fire originated in the basement of the structure and ruled the fire’s cause as arson.

The investigators are looking for any information to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice. The Blue Ribbon Arson Committee is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this fire.

Anyone who has information should contact the State Fire Marshal’s tip line at 800-589-2728.